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Executive Director's Report

Allow me to open this first report as the newly appointed Executive Director by expressing my gratitude to the NYLA Council for entrusting me with the honor of leading the organization.  These are exciting times for libraries as they evolve along with technology and the communities they serve, and NYLA will continue to advance our mission to “lead in the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning, quality of life, and equal opportunity for all New Yorkers.”

One of my top priorities for NYLA is to increase awareness within the library community of the services that the organization provides, and to expand on existing benefits to better meet the needs of our members.  An efficient means of delivering those services is to work in concert with NYLA Sections and Roundtables. Look for expanded collaboration and support of NYLA Section and Roundtable activities, and an expansion of regional involvement by NYLA.

I welcome feedback from all our members on how NYLA can improve.  Please feel free to reach out to me with your thoughts on our organization.  If you are happy about what NYLA is doing, tell a colleague and encourage them to join.  If you are unhappy, tell me so that we can do better.

NYLA Council Election 2012

Congratulations to our newest Councilors!

Sara Kelly Johns will serve as President-Elect, from Nov. 2012 – Nov. 2013 and then as NYLA President from Nov. 2013 – Nov. 2014.

Susan Considine and Marcy Strong will serve as Councilors at Large from Nov. 2012 – Nov. 2015.

Tim Burke will serve as Treasurer-Elect, from Nov. 2012 – Nov. 2013, and then as NYLA Treasurer from Nov. 2013 – Nov. 2015.

The bios on our new Councilors are available – click here.

Many thanks to our other candidates:

Catherine E. Marriott
Frank J. McKenna
John L. Shaloiko
Geoffrey S. Kirkpatrick

Thanks to all who participated in the election process, your vote has helped to shape the future of NYLA.

Details on the results of the PLS and YSS elections will be posted by the leaders of those groups directly.

A Rose by Any Other Name

NYLA is seeking a new name for the Endowment Fund.

The name needs to speak to the purpose of the fund: “To provide NYLA with long-term financial stability and ensure NYLA's future ability to serve its members.” Interest from the endowment is used to provide another revenue stream for the Association to carry out its mission.

Submit your suggestion to by August 31.  If your suggested name is selected, you will receive a $25 gift card to Target.

Jeremy Johannesen
NYLA Executive Director
518-432-6952 Ext. 101